5 Players the Washington Capitals Would Make Available in an NHL Expansion Draft

September 24th, 2014 by Ryan Davenport Leave a reply »
The NHL hasn't held an expansion draft in more than a decade, but for fans across North America, the possibility of another one is suddenly real. 

Though many sources, such as The Canadian Press (via CBC), have reported that the league remains intent on downplaying rumors of a potential four-team expansion, it would not be surprising to see a handful of new teams hitting the ice in the near future. 

If that's the case, teams with considerable depth will face very difficult decisions when identifying the players that will be left unprotected in preparation for an expansion draft. 

And that would certainly be the case for the Washington Capitals if the same rules used for the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft (as outlined in a recent Sporting News piece by Sean Gentille and Dimitri Filipovi) applied: "Teams were allowed to protect either one goaltender, five defensemen and nine forwards, or two goaltenders, three defensemen and seven forwards."

With that in mind, here's a look at the five most valuable players the Caps would make available.

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